31 - Sachin has opened the innings only once in Tests against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in 1999 when he was captain. India was seeking quick runs in the second innings before a declaration. He was bowled by Chris Cairns for 15.
32 - Sachin and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999 (Sachin 186*, Dravid 153). In the course of that knock, Sachin smashed 24 runs off an over by Chris Drum.
33 - Sachin has rated Mumbai's victory over Tamil Nadu in the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the 1999-2000 season as his most memorable moment in the tournament. Sachin made his highest score in the Ranji Trophy - an unbeaten 233 off just 234 balls - to help Mumbai gain the vital first innings lead in the company of the No.11 batsman.
34 - According to Sachin, he has only sledged once. The victim was Glenn McGrath during the quarter final of the ICC knockout tournament in Kenya in 2000. “The first thing I said was ‘Today I will hit you out of the ground’. He got really angry and sprayed the ball around. This was exactly what we wanted.” India won by 20 runs.
35 - Sachin was given a suspended ban of one game by match referee Mike Denness for alleged ball tampering in South Africa in 2001 after television cameras picked up images that suggested Tendulkar may have been involved in cleaning the seam of the cricket ball.
36 - Although Sachin failed with the bat in the legendary Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001, he was an able foil to Harbhajan Singh with the ball, grabbing 3/31 in the second innings. His three victims - Hayden, Gilchrist and Warne - were all lbw.
37 - Sachin has been stumped in Tests only once, by James Foster off Ashley Giles, in Bangalore in 2001. He was on 90 at the time.
38 - Sachin was gifted a Ferrari 360 Modena by Michael Schumacher on behalf of Fiat in 2002 after passing Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries. The government's decision to waive duty on the car attracted flak. Sachin went on to sell the car to a businessman from Surat in 2011.
39 - Sachin has made 14 ducks in Tests and 20 in ODIs. In the 2002 Test series in the West Indies, after making 79 and 117 in the first two Tests, he made three ducks in his next four innings, with scores of 0, 0, 8 and 0.
40 - "Tujhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?" Wasim Akram asked Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin during their clash in the 2003 World Cup. Sachin went on to make 98 to help India beat their arch rival for the fourth successive time in the World Cup.